Dec 9, 2021

Mawazo Writing Africa

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Prof appeals to world to support, not isolate SA for raising alarm on new Covid variant

The geneticist professor Tulio de Oliveira from the University of KwaZulu-Natal has appealed in a series of tweets to the world not to isolate SA and the continent in order to raise the alarm about a worrying new variant of Covid-19. < / p>

De Oliveira, director of the KwaZulu-Natal Research Innovation and Sequencing Platform (Krisp), also appealed to global financial organizations and billionaires, including Elon Musk, to “support the poor and the governments of South Africa and Africa, variants to control and extinguish “. “.

The National Coronavirus Command Council will meet at the weekend to discuss whether the lockdown of Covid-19 should be stepped up after the discovery of the new variant. The variant originally known as B.1.1.529 was also found in Botswana and Hong Kong.

Great Britain has already announced that it will temporarily ban flights from South Africa and five other countries from 2 p.m. (SA time). on Friday and that returning British travelers from these destinations would have to be quarantined.

“We have been very transparent with scientific information. We identified the data, published it and raised the alarm as infections increase. We did this to protect our country and the world, even though they may face massive discrimination, “wrote De Oliveira.

” This new variant is really worrying at the mutational level . South Africa and South Africa will need support (financial, public health, scientific) to control it so that it does not spread to the world. Our poor and disadvantaged population cannot be imprisoned without financial support. “

” We are working around the clock to reduce the effects on 1) communicability, 2) vaccines, 3) Understand reinfection, disease severity and diagnostics. We have funding for science, but South Africa and South Africa need financial help to support their disadvantaged populations and their health systems, “wrote De Oliveira.

I would also like] Please to financial organizations @WorldBank @IMFNews @USAID @PEPFAR @GlobalFund to support the poor population and governments in South Africa and South Africa in controlling and deleting variants ! By protecting the poor and oppressed, we will protect the world, ”he added.